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5 Best Ways to Reduce your Risk for Sciatica

November 12, 2019, 11:04 pm

Sciatica is persistent pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and into the lower leg.  The Sciatic Nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body.  Sciatic pain usually develops from general use, and wear and tear  of your lower spine, not as a result of injury.

Low Back Pain image, man holding low backThe 5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica:

  1. Maintain proper posture:  People who have good posture help their body to have proper nerve and blood flow, which may be impaired by prolonged poor posture.  Poor posture can cause aching, pain, and impaired nerve function over time.
  2. Exercise regularly:  The risk for sciatica is much lower when the muscles and tissues of your body are strong and healthy.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  I know, the last thing you want to hear…but it is so true!  The better you eat, the better the body works, and a healthy weight puts less pressure on nerves and blood flow, directly affecting the sciatic nerve.
  4. Use good body mechanics when lifting:  Injury is less common as a reason for developing sciatica.  However, when injury is involved, poor lifting techniques are a common reason for injury that leads to sciatica.
  5. Get regular chiropractic care:  Chiropractic adjustments offer a drug-free, non-invasive treatment option as well as preventive care for sciatica.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore/maintain spinal movement, which improves function while decreasing pain and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, your chiropractor may use ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, and rehab exercises in addition to chiropractic adjustments in your treatment.

 

While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, these suggestions improve spinal health and the overall health of the body, and can greatly lower your risk for developing sciatica.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care for sciatica and many other conditions.  We provide chiropractic and other wellness services to patients in West Jordan and the Salt Lake City Metro area.  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

For more information please see our website at SuperDocDC.com.

(Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.)

Chiropractic and Exercise: Research says it is Better than Drugs

September 13, 2019, 8:16 pm

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs, says Research…whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

If you visit a conventional physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Ibuprofen), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.).  These are the go-to treatment for pain in the modern medical world.

However, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur. Wellness doctors such as chiropractors and osteopathic physicians (DOs) have helped millions of patients achieve pain relief without drugs.

Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain

According to a study published in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

“For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] (in other words, a chiropractic adjustment) was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points.”

In the case of neck pain, and many other kinds of pain, the underlying cause is often related to body mechanics (posture) or misalignments in your spine.  Addressing your posture, exercising, and chiropractic care is very effective at relieving the pain and addressing the underlying cause. If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.  These may require some patience as exercising, good posture habits, and chiropractic adjustments take time to help the body heal from a chronic problem that took months or even years to develop.

To see the full article containing information on this study and more about chiropractic care and specific exercises, please click HERE.

For more information on how chiropractic and wellness care can help you, please see our home page HERE.

Meet our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup

August 8, 2019, 2:20 pm

New to the Institute? Meet our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup, by clicking the video below!

 

CHIROPRACTIC: for MORE than just BACK and NECK pain

May 29, 2019, 10:04 pm

Chiropractors have tremendous success treating neck pain, back pain, and headaches. However, chiropractic can help many other health conditions not typically associated with chiropractic.

Many people come to The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy because they have had little or no response to medical treatment or other chiropractic treatments.  Here are some common conditions we see in our clinic that have had successful outcomes with chiropractic treatments:

Headaches              Chiropractor Adjustment of Woman in White Shirt, Image         Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Back and neck pain           Fibromyalgia

Auto injuries/whiplash       Hormone Imbalances

Sports Injuries                  Digestive issues

Depression                       Allergies

Arthritis

There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be used for adjustments.  At The Institute some of the specific chiropractic techniques and methods Dr. Burrup has been trained in include Gonstead, Activator, Diversified, Thompson, Toggle Recoil, Nimmo, sports injury and extremity adjustment.

The goal of our clinic is to help our patients become empowered with their health, achieving their optimal wellness goals.  If you are suffering needlessly from pain, have a condition that has not responded well to medical care or other chiropractic treatments, or are trying to achieve optimal wellness in your life, chiropractic can help you on the road back to better health!

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Murray, and all other Salt Lake Metro areas. Come experience the difference at The Institute!

4 Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches Without Medication

May 3, 2019, 7:08 pm

Headaches are common, NOT normal.  And because they are so common, most people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life!  It doesn’t have to be……

4 Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches Without Medications:Headache, man holding front of head, Chiropractic and Acupuncture Institute

  1. Drink more Water.  Most people do not consume enough water each day.  Dehydration can lead to headaches! Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and drink at least 8 cups (64 oz.) each day.
  2. Take a break from electronic devices.  When you are continuously looking at a computer, and especially when looking down at a phone or other device, the muscles in your eyes and neck get strained.  Taking short breaks and stretching your neck for a few minutes will make a big difference (and feels great!)
  3. Acupuncture/acupressure.  Studies show acupuncture to be an effective treatment for headaches.  We have had a lot of success at our clinic treating people who have headaches with acupuncture or acupressure, especially when combined with chiropractic care.
  4. Chiropractic adjustments. Many people find relief from their headaches with chiropractic adjustments.  The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy has helped many people get drug-free results, drastically reducing and/or totally eliminating their headaches!  Some estimates suggest that 25% of the population has a headache right now…are you one of them?

 

Headaches are most often a sign that something is not right in your body.  There are many types of headaches and many things can cause them. Medications cover up the pain, but don’t correct the underlying cause. If you can treat the cause of the headache, it will go away!

For more information on how chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies can help your headaches, please see our What We Do page at SuperDocDC.com.

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor and graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He provides chiropractic care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holiday.  We have patients from Utah County and as far north as Logan, even some from out of state!  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

April 3, 2019, 7:30 pm

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are 10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.

1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.

2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

 3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes neck pain.

7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper HeightThe Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
For more information on how chiropractic can help you or your loved ones, please see our home page at www.SuperDocDC.com.
The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and other wellness care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide chiropractic service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute of Chiropractic!

5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica

February 21, 2019, 3:58 pm

Sciatica is persistent pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and into the lower leg.  The Sciatic Nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body.  Sciatic pain usually develops from general use, and wear and tear  of your lower spine, not as a result of injury.

Low Back Pain image, man holding low backThe 5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica:

  1. Maintain proper posture:  People who have good posture help their body to have proper nerve and blood flow, which may be impaired by prolonged poor posture.  Poor posture can cause aching, pain, and impaired nerve function over time.
  2. Exercise regularly:  The risk for sciatica is much lower when the muscles and tissues of your body are strong and healthy.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  I know, the last thing you want to hear…but it is so true!  The better you eat, the better the body works, and a healthy weight puts less pressure on nerves and blood flow, directly affecting the sciatic nerve.
  4. Use good body mechanics when lifting:  Injury is less common as a reason for developing sciatica.  However, when injury is involved, poor lifting techniques are a common reason for injury that leads to sciatica.
  5. Get regular chiropractic care:  Chiropractic adjustments offer a drug-free, non-invasive treatment option as well as preventive care for sciatica.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore/maintain spinal movement, which improves function while decreasing pain and inflammation.  Depending on the cause of the sciatica, your chiropractor may use ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, and rehab exercises in addition to chiropractic adjustments in your treatment.

While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, these suggestions improve spinal health and the overall health of the body, and can greatly lower your risk for developing sciatica.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care for sciatica and many other conditions.  We provide chiropractic and other wellness services to patients in West Jordan and the Salt Lake City Metro area.  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

For more information please see our website at SuperDocDC.com.

(Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.)

Chiropractic and Exercise: Research says it is Better than Drugs

January 21, 2019, 4:16 pm

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs, says Research…whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

If you visit a conventional physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Ibuprofen), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.).  These are the go-to treatment for pain in the modern medical world.

However, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur. Wellness doctors such as chiropractors and osteopathic physicians (DOs) have helped millions of patients achieve pain relief without drugs.

Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain

According to a study published in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

“For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] (in other words, a chiropractic adjustment) was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points.”

In the case of neck pain, and many other kinds of pain, the underlying cause is often related to body mechanics (posture) or misalignments in your spine.  Addressing your posture, exercising, and chiropractic care is very effective at relieving the pain and addressing the underlying cause. If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.  These may require some patience as exercising, good posture habits, and chiropractic adjustments take time to help the body heal from a chronic problem that took months or even years to develop.

To see the full article containing information on this study and more about chiropractic care and specific exercises, please click HERE.

For more information on how chiropractic and wellness care can help you, please see our home page HERE.

Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns

January 19, 2019, 5:50 pm

Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns
by Live Science Staff | February 08, 2012 11:52am ET

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers today that certain stomach acid drugs may increase the risk of a serious intestinal bacteria infection.

The drugs, including Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zegerid and others, fall into a category called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are prescribed to treat acid reflux, stomach ulcers and
other conditions, and work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.

The bacterial illness is called Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD), and its main symptom is diarrhea that does not improve , according to an FDA statement. The bacteria are
commonly referred to as “C. diff.”

Stomach acid is a very important defense mechanism against pathogens. It kills them,” said Dr. Edith R. Lederman, who authored a study published in October linking C. diff infections to stomach acid drugs, in an interview with MyHealthNewsDaily at the time.

Patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve may have CDAD, according to the FDA. The agency is working with manufacturers to include information in the drug labels about the increased risk with use of PPIs. PPIs are the third highest selling class of drugs in the U.S., according to 2010 findings from Consumer Reports.

Lederman’s study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed nearly half of 485 patients hospitalized at a medical center over a four-year period who had C. difficile infections had previously been prescribed an acid suppressing drug, most of which were either proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec and Prevacid, or histamine2 antagonists, such as Tagamet and Zantac.

The FDA is also reviewing the risk of CDAD in users of histamine H2 receptor blockers.

The elderly , and people with certain medical problems, generally have the greatest chance of developing C. diff infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The  infection can spread in hospitals because C. diff spores can live outside the human body for a very long time, and may be found on items such as bed linens, bed rails, bathroom fixtures and medical equipment.

There are antibiotics that can be used to treat C. diff, according to the CDC, but in some severe cases, surgery to remove the infected part of the intestines may be needed.

In Lederman’s study, 23 patients died from their C. diff infections; 19 of them had taken prescription acid suppressants during the 90 days before their hospital stay.

Hand washing, alcoholbased sanitizers, and taking only antibiotics that are prescribed by a doctor can lower a person’s risk of getting or spreading C. diff, according to the CDC.

Pass it on: People taking drugs that suppress stomach acid production may be at an increased risk for intestinal bacteria infections.

This story was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, a sister site to LiveScience. Follow MyHealthNewsDaily on Twitter @MyHealth_MHND. Find us on Facebook.

Lack of stomach acid can cause many problems

January 18, 2019, 8:12 pm

Hypochlorhydria, or lack of stomach acid can cause lots of problems
From DoctorMyhill

Hypochlorhydria arises when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid. It is a greatly overlooked cause of problems.

Acid environment in the stomach 

The stomach requires an acid environment for several reasons.
1. acid is required for the digestion of protein,
2. acid is required for the stomach to empty correctly and failure to do so results in gastrooesophageal reflux disease (see Heartburn),
3. acid is required to sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested

4.an acid environment is required for the absorption of certain micronutrients, in particular divalent and trivalent cations such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron and so on.

As we age, our ability to produce stomach acid declines, but some people are simply not very good at producing stomach acid, sometimes because of pathology in the stomach (such as an allergic gastritis secondary to food intolerance), but sometimes for reasons unknown.

Problems arising from hypochlorhydria

There are many possible problems that could arise from hypochlorhydria:

1. Failure to digest foods properly. This will result in a general malabsorption of proteins. Indeed, hypochlorhydria as induced by antacids and H2 blockers and protein pump inhibitors substantially increases one’s risk of osteoporosis because the body simply does not have the raw material to replace bone. Many degenerative
conditions will be associated, therefore, with hypochlorhydria.
2. Failure to absorb trace elements. Trace elements are essential for normal body functioning. If these are not present then the biochemistry of the body will go slow, organs will go slow and this will accelerate the ageing process. Therefore, one would expect to see people getting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions, before their time.
3. Failure to sterilise the stomach contents. This will make individuals more susceptible to gut infections such as gastroenteritis and possibly enteroviruses such as EpsteinBarr
virus, Coxsackie virus, Echovirus and so on. Gastric acid is an essential part of normal defences against disease. Gastric acid is also essential for getting rid of undesirable bacteria and yeast that appear in the diet. Particularly virulent strains, of course, may cause simple food poisoning. However, if there is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the stomach, then foods will get fermented instead of being digested. This produces wind and gas resulting in bloating and alcohols, which may or may not be useful to the body.
4. Allergy to gut microbes. The idea here is that gut microbes are miniscule compared with human cells and all too easily spill over into the bloodstream with the potential to cause allergic or inflammatory reactions at distal sites. Irritable bladder or interstitial cystitis is an obvious case. But I suspect many other pathologies such as arthritis, venous ulcers, rosacea, “intrinsic” asthma, mesenteric adenitis, rheumatic fever, polymyalgia rheumatica and other such can be explained by this mechanism.
5. Fermenting brain. Nishihara has shown that fermenting gut may result in fermenting brain low levels of microbes in the brain may ferment neurotransmitters into LSD and amphetamine like substances (to cause hyperactivity, psychosis and other such) or ferment out serotonin, acetylcholine, GABA to cause low mood and depression. If this is correct then this explains a whole range of psychiatric conditions and establishes the mechanism of the widely observed foodmood connection. See Nishihara’s work at 1] (http://www.drmyhill.co.uk/drmyhill/images/d/dc/NISHIHARA.pdf) ]
6. Increased risk of stomach cancer. Having the wrong bacteria and yeast in the stomach will irritate the lining of the stomach and increase one’s risk of stomach cancer.
7. Malabsorption of vitamin B12. It is well known that the stomach must be acid in order to absorb B12. Indeed, using a proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole, will reduce absorption of vitamin B12 to less than 1% of expected. Many people already suffer from borderline B12 deficiency this is a difficult vitamin for the body to assimilate, but essential for normal biochemistry.
8. Risk factor for cancer. I suspect many bowel tumours are driven by microbes in the upper fermenting gut. Indeed we know that helicobacter pylori infection is a risk factor for stomach cancer. In Japan, where hypochlorhydria is very common, stomach cancer is a major killer.

Symptoms of hypochlorhydria

When any of the above problems go wrong, it can result in symptoms.
1. Accelerated ageing because of malabsorption.
2. Wind, gas and bloating as foods are fermented instead of being digested, i.e. irritable bowel syndrome.
3. A tendency to allergies the reason for this is that if foods are poorly digested, then large antigenically
interesting molecules get into the lower gut, where if the immune system reacts against them, that can switch on allergy.
4. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease
5. Iron deficiency Anaemia
6. B12 deficiency
7. A tendency to candida dysbiosis or bacterial dysbiosis.

Cause of hypochlorhydria

The stomach is lined with cells that are proton pumps that is to say they pump hydrogen ions from the blood stream into the lumen of the stomach. Stomach acid is simply concentrated hydrogen ions. There is a natural tendency for these hydrogen ions to diffuse back from where they came but this is prevented by very tight junctions between stomach wall cells. However, if the gut becomes inflamed for whatever reason, there is leaky gut and hydrogen ions leak back out. A common cause of inflammation and leaky gut is allergy. See Allergy to Foods, Inhalants & Chemicals, signs and symptoms of.

Treatment of hypochlorhydria

The treatment in the short term is to take acid supplements. Indeed, this may explain why cider vinegar is such a popular treatment for many problems the vinegar acidifies the stomach and improves the digestion of food. Clearly, this has the potential to affect a wide range of conditions. The problem with cider vinegar is that it contains yeast and would therefore not be tolerated by many people.

A second possibility is to take high dose ascorbic acid at mealtimes. Indeed, my standard recommendations for nutritional supplements suggest combining my Mineral Mix with ascorbic acid to be taken at mealtimes. Ascorbic acid, combined with the minerals, most of which are in the chloride form, reacts to form a combination of mineral ascorbates and hydrochloric acid. This is the perfect mixture to optimise absorption because it mildly acidifies the stomach and puts the minerals into the best available form to be absorbed, i.e. the ascorbate, and, of course, an acid environment.

The third approach is to take betaine hydrochloride. This is available in capsules, which need to be taken with food and the dose adjusted according to the response. I suggest that people start off with one capsule initially and build up to, maybe, four or five capsules depending on the size of the meal and the response to treatment. Often in the longer term with the correct diet (low glycaemic index, low allergy potential, smaller meals), getting rid of helicobacter pylori, and correct gut flora this cures the chronic gastritis and the stomach is again able to produce acid normally.

Some interesting clinical observations

It has been well known now for many decades that childhood asthma is associated with hypochlorhydria. Asthma in children tends to be caused by allergy to foods. If these foods are poorly digested, then they will be very much more antigenic and therefore very much more likely to switch on allergies and, therefore, asthma. Indeed, a study done in the 1930s showed that 80% of children with asthma also have hypochlorhydria. The two conditions are undoubtedly related. As the child’s stomach matures and acid eventually is produced, then the asthma disappears. What often occurs with hypochlorhydric children is that they malabsorb their food and therefore tend to be underweight. So clinically it is unusual to see overweight kids with asthma almost invariably they are thin children who wheeze. The treatment is as above, as well as trying to identify provoking foods. The commonest allergy food, of course, are dairy products.

A test for hypochlorhydria… Salivary VEGF

Dr John McLaren-Howard has again come up with a brilliant suggestion for a simple test to identify hypochlorhydria. The idea here is that it is very difficult for the stomach to produce stomach acid. The normal acidity of blood is about pH7, but the acidity of stomach acid can be as low as pH1 that means that hydrogen ions (which create acidity) are a million times more concentrated in the stomach than in the bloodstream. So the stomach wall has a very difficult job to do. The gastric parietal cells need quite a bit of energy from ATP to pump hydrogen ions from the inside of the parietal cell into the lumen of the stomach. The difficult bit is stopping these hydrogen ions leaking back again. This is achieved because the gastric parietal cells form a protective barrier between each other at the cell membrane tight junction to stop hydrogen ions leaking back. Because this is extremely hard work and the body does not want to waste energy, the main regulator for the cell membrane tight junction is vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).

What this means is that the more stomach acid is produced, the more VEGF is necessary to keep the glue going between gastric parietal cells. Therefore, one would expect salivary VEGF levels to be proportionate to the amount of stomach acid. And indeed this is the case. There is a huge amount of research that has been done with respect to VEGF, most of which is to do with high levels. However, the reverse is also true and low levels of VEGF would be a pointer towards hypochlorhydria.

This test would be invalidated by taking proton pump inhibitors and possibly other acid blockers, so for the best chance of an accurate result, really these drugs need to be stopped for four days prior to doing the test.

VEGF….test the practicalities

Saliva for VEGF tests should be unstimulated. That is: a sample is given at least one hour after a meal and at least 15 minutes after drinking soft drinks, tea or coffee. A break of 24 hours after alcohol ingestion is needed AND a similar break after any protonpumpinhibitor drugs are used and ideally any drug that interferes with stomach acidity. Put 12ml of saliva into the blue topped trace element free tube supplied and post to Acumen to arrive on a working day.

Bicarbonate burp test

This may give a rough guide the idea here is that sodium bicarbonate, when swallowed, reacts with stomach acid to make carbon dioxide which is subsequently burped up. The timing of the burp gives a clue as to how acid the stomach is. It is at least cheap and DIY. See [[[2] (https://healthesolutions.com/healthetipthebakingsodastomachacidtest/) ]]

Related Tests
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)salivary test for hypochlorhydria

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External links
Hydrochloric acid production (http://highered.mcgrawhill.
com/sites/0072943696/student_view0/chapter16/animation__hydrochloric_acid_production____of_the_stomach.html) This is an interesting animation showing how hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach.

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